What made you spend all that money on a motorhome

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by Jim, Feb 12, 2016.

  1. Jim

    Jim Ringleader

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2007
    Messages:
    25,845
    Likes Received:
    76,162
    Location:
    Sutton on Sea
    Many motorhome owners are no strangers to camping. Some have done the full apprenticeship, maybe starting with a simple ridge or dome tent, buying a frame tent, moving on to a trailer tent, then maybe towed a caravan and are now in motorhome. Others have taken a simpler path to motorhome ownership. But what made you do it?

    For most of us buying the motorhome was probably one of the biggest purchase of our lives. A considerable investment in an item that is likely to lose money from the moment we buy it. A decision then not to be taken lightly; So why did you do it?

    What so endeared you that you’d part with many thousands of £. Did you agonise over the decision, were you scared, did you wake up the next day full of buyers remorse or were you like a kid in a sweetshop.

    I am re-vamping our buyers guide and your answers here about why you bought a motorhome will be much appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. pandj

    pandj Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2013
    Messages:
    489
    Likes Received:
    1,160
    Location:
    East Sussex
    Freedom!(y)
     
    • Like Like x 3
  3. Milliemobile

    Milliemobile Funster

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2014
    Messages:
    883
    Likes Received:
    1,017
    Location:
    North Yorkshire
    To go off on an adventure after plan A scuba diving was taken away.
    Didn't worry about purchase as we have form on impulse purchases, and had the money to spend.
    Had it been finance most certainly would have agonised over it and don't think would have bought one.
    Never camped, caravanned etc before, unless you include Nige for work, which was the extreme variety.
    But used to confined living and extensive travel, look on it as a second home, but unlike past second homes we have owned this one can go wherever we feel like and if I had my way would be our first home. And the biggest plus the dogs can come with us.
    Lin :)
     
    • Like Like x 2
  4. Larby

    Larby Funster

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2012
    Messages:
    1,681
    Likes Received:
    3,873
    Location:
    North Essex
    What so endeared you that you’d part with many thousands of £.
    Do you mean apart from being told to do so?

    Had caravans 30 years, friend bought MH and told me tales of cheap French holidays, shut door, turn key and go. Getting too old to hook up, tow, set up etc.
    Now retired so fits in nicely to absorb the spare time.
    I am at the stage where I have health,time and some cash, spend it, enjoy it, then when unable, sell MH. The money hasn't been squandered away, just put aside!
     
    • Like Like x 1
  5. John Laidler

    John Laidler Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2013
    Messages:
    8,574
    Likes Received:
    11,553
    Location:
    Plympton, Devon
    Convenience and spontaneity I think, in the sense of much less hassle on arrival at a site and much easier to tour in compared to towing a Caravan, which we have done in the past. The spontaneity aspect also includes the "I wonder what's down this road?" which is generally easier to do in a PVC of course than a larger MH although it can be done if you keep a look out for low bridges!
     
  6. thehutchies

    thehutchies Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2007
    Messages:
    1,495
    Likes Received:
    1,541
    Location:
    The Wheelèd Shed
    Bored with living in a house, we thought we might as well try living in the van.
    It will be four years fulltiming next week and we are all still enjoying it :)
     
    • Like Like x 6
    • Useful Useful x 1
  7. Big bus man

    Big bus man

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2015
    Messages:
    344
    Likes Received:
    615
    Location:
    Crawley
    Caravans are like tents in that once on-site you travel out and back again, with a motorhome you travel on rather than any travelling back. You may appreciate the hidden areas more by caravan but you see much further afield with a Motorhome. My view is it is a lifestyle choice rather than how much the units cost.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  8. Viennese

    Viennese Funster

    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Messages:
    2,346
    Likes Received:
    2,522
    Location:
    Oxford
    My friend (yes another one, Geo) had an old Autosleeper on a Talbot van and I was quite fascinated, and asked her to take me away in it to see if I enjoyed it. I asked her to take me to Shell Island, which she didn't know, and where I had been tent camping in the 60s and really liked. I just loved the experience and that was that. I bought an Autosleeper Symphony from a friend (I have even more friends than this, Geo) and joined Motorhome Fun.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  9. Forestboy

    Forestboy Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2007
    Messages:
    4,941
    Likes Received:
    7,685
    Location:
    Forest of Dean
    Camped as a kid and teenager and even in the early days when the kids were very small. Then progressed to caravans then hotels as life got easier and finances allowed. By the time we were in our late 40s early 50s the kids no longer joined us and the hotel experience started to become stale the last resort being a holiday to Dubai. We stayed in the Jumeirah Beach Hotel which is an amazing hotel but we hated the whole experience it was all about horrible people showing off how much money they had and there was no atmosphere it was horrible. We came back and that was us done with that type of trip so we started looking at alternatives and the idea of a camper eventually came to us.
    Personally I like camping in a tent and still go on motorbike trips with just a tent even today but Jans just not into it and a camper is the nearest she gets to real camping.
    Had a camper over 10 years now been all over the world met some amazing people made lots of friends and visited some incredible places its just a nice way to travel, it doesn't compare to touring on a motorcycle but its probably the next best thing.
     
    • Like Like x 5
  10. NickNic

    NickNic Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2014
    Messages:
    5,436
    Likes Received:
    11,124
    Location:
    Kettering
    Hired one to go to a music festival and was pretty much hooked from there.
     
  11. Microchip

    Microchip Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2012
    Messages:
    129
    Likes Received:
    123
    Location:
    Hampshire
    I was diagnosed with Meniere'so disease 2004 so had to give up riding my bike, so got a motor home.
    Now I'm in remission and I want my bike back and keep the motor home as well....
     
    • Like Like x 4
  12. Dawn B

    Dawn B Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2013
    Messages:
    5,148
    Likes Received:
    14,560
    Location:
    South Norfolk
    Mike
     
    • Like Like x 3
    • Informative Informative x 1
  13. funflair

    funflair Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2013
    Messages:
    4,476
    Likes Received:
    4,724
    Location:
    Guisborough
    Done the sleeping in the car and bike sheds, tents and caravan but fancied a change and a motorhome gives us the freedom to travel easier and further on the continent especially out of season when Aires and Stellplatz are a godsend.

    Yes we thought long and hard about the change from the caravan, and we didn't sell it for a year after buying the motorhome. Some people might say we are still in caravan mentality in that we pitch on a site for a few days and then explore by bike, which is what we like to do and always did with the caravan, but we also use and appreciate the ease of just parking for a overnight on a longer trip somewhere so really we have the best of both worlds.

    We bought used 6 years old to minimise any potential loss if we were making a big mistake, which we haven't.

    Martin
     
    • Like Like x 1
  14. jumartoo

    jumartoo Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2015
    Messages:
    1,285
    Likes Received:
    5,236
    Location:
    Spain and Notts
    Shivering in a tent in Font Romeu in 1994. We were invited into a Motorhome for a coffee and that was it. Returned home, swapped a Ford Escort for a Transit, had it converted and our motorhoming started then. Still working but got away as often as possible. 1998 packed up working. Towed a caravan with the camper until 2003 when we bought a coach built Motorhome and one Motorhome on still continuing.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  15. Popeye

    Popeye Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2011
    Messages:
    7,710
    Likes Received:
    16,922
    Location:
    New Forest
    Had a tent as a kid and as a young single man, never wanted a caravan so motorhoming started out in 1983 as the most cost effective way to holiday with a family. Two years later the children said they preferred the adventure of a Motor Home to a Flight and Hotel so we rented a 6 berth to accommodate my parents too and my two sons still talk about that holiday to this day.

    A procession of small Motor-Homes followed mostly VW when Yachting holidays in the English Channel or Greece or Caribbean became our main focus when the children had grown and fled the nest.

    I then became to ill to continue sailing seriously so our plans to sell up and circumnavigate the globe disappeared. Whilst still sailing in the channel and Solent we purchased our first 6 berth, then three years of use and more poor health gave us the realisation that a twin berth would make getting up in the night less of an interruption for one another. Hence our most recent extravagance. I assume our next purchase will probably be a 3.5 Tonne when approaching 70 or possibly a PVC. (assuming of course that I am still in the land of the living)
     
    • Like Like x 3
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  16. Mickx

    Mickx Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2015
    Messages:
    343
    Likes Received:
    3,931
    Location:
    Norfolk
    • Investment for early retirement;
    • To change our lifestyle when we do retire;
    • To practice for retirement now;
    • Its a great laugh;
    • So much to see and a great way to see it;
    • We're lucky to have the spending power now; and
    • A great way to meet strangers that become friends
     
    • Like Like x 2
  17. Zigisla

    Zigisla Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2015
    Messages:
    999
    Likes Received:
    1,172
    Location:
    Fareham, Hants
    Brought up camping in a V Dubz split screen combi, then onto a Ford Transit Square box "Luton" then left home and started camping on my own in tents. Converted Girlfriend - now Wife to tenting. One particular miserable rainy weekend decided we needed more comfort with kids so moved to folding camper. Kids upped off and left, then a change of life style and want to get away more and not be tied to one site so upped for a MH. So far working very well - only two weekends unused since 18 Dec last year. Lovin it

    Decided to buy New as this is indending to be our forever MH so loss wasnt a consideration. Also wanted to be the first and all the miles would be mine. Did years of research and finally we are fortunate to be in this position so went to the NEC in Oct 15 and thought what the hell - do it.
     
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2016
    • Like Like x 4
  18. Jenben

    Jenben Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2015
    Messages:
    400
    Likes Received:
    2,921
    Location:
    Uk
    Whilst out on walking trips we would quite often seen vans parked up in lovely spots and we thought we might like that. We were working and did some research on vans and decided to just go for it, we saved up and bought a brand new PVC.

    Our friends thought we were mad but we quickly realised we liked the lifestyle it offered and have made some great friendships along the way. As a result, we cut down working hours and within 4 years had both given up work.

    8 years on we still love it and late last year we went to Belgium to pick up our next van, lots more trips planned.
     
    • Like Like x 2
  19. Geo

    Geo Trader - Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2007
    Messages:
    9,527
    Likes Received:
    5,583
    Location:
    Mansfield,Notts
    I seem to feature more in this post than the subject:eek: I dont know weather to be happy about that or feel dejected ;)
    Anyhoo I did the full route from tents to self builds to caravans, all the time thinking one day a "Proper Motorhome" about ten years ago Id saved up about 8K and decided to go out and buy a new one lol:LOL:
    A new one for 8k:rolleyes: I finished up asking where the bargain basement was, as these were all 20k plus for 8 year vans, he said "Your in it":sick:
    So to cut a long story short I mugged old Ladies Robbed Banks then hit on the idea of buying a MoT Center so I could rob even more people till I had enough Dosh to get my dream
    Im now in the throws of having to decide to stick with the gas guzzler or downsize to the Euro box at 78 Mpg and cheaper to heat
    G
     
    • Like Like x 5
    • Funny Funny x 1
  20. GJH

    GJH Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2007
    Messages:
    27,237
    Likes Received:
    34,450
    Location:
    Acklam, Teesside, originally Glossop
    We used to go tent camping in the 1980s but I had had enough of tents by the end of the decade, though Jill and the lads still used tents to do their civil war reenacting. I did offer to buy a camper van about 1990 but Jill preferred to keep the tent at that time.

    In later years we started to fancy a motorhome but other expenses meant we couldn't afford one until redundancy/retirement happened in 2006. We did consider a caravan but neither of us has ever towed and didn't fancy towing so we bought our Autoquest. The intervention of Asda some 5 and a half years later meant we dropped lucky and bought the Burstner 4 years ago.
     
Loading...

Share This Page